20 tech habits to improve your life

A few new habits can make the difference between staying on task, finding what you need, and getting things done--or having a tech meltdown.

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8. Replace Your Laptop With a Thumb Drive or iPod

Instead of lugging a laptop on your next trip, save your aching back by taking your computer's desktop with you on a thumb drive or iPod. Portable Windows software offerings such as [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/127626/virtualization_app_makes_programs_portable.html|MojoPac|MojoPac]] and [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/123266/u3_portable_programs_on_a_usb_drive.html|U3|U3]] put a full desktop on your USB thumb drive (or disk-use-enabled iPod), letting you run applications like Microsoft Outlook and save documents all on that drive. All you need is a host computer: You can plug the MojoPac drive into your in-laws' PC or a coffee-shop workstation, for instance, to access your documents and applications without leaving a trace behind. Alternatively, you can save and run free portable applications--like the Firefox browser, Pidgin IM client, and Sumatra PDF reader--from your thumb drive. Download those and other programs for free at [[xref:http://portableapps.com./|PortableApps.com|PortableApps.com]].

More: [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/123793/23_things_to_do_with_a_thumb_drive.html|23 Things to Do With a Thumb Drive|23 Things to Do With a Thumb Drive]]

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